The St. Lawrence University men's basketball team battled out of a 15-point halftime deficit on Tuesday evening at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY behind the strong play of rookies Kyle Edwards and Kyle Kobis. Though the Saints pulled within three in the final seconds, a chance to tie just missed and allowed the Thoroughbreds to escape with a 69-66 win.
Edwards finished with a team-high 19 points thanks to a 5-for-7 mark from behind the arc, while Kobis added 16 points. Al Jones also played a solid game for St. Lawrence (6-9, 2-4) with 17 points and seven rebounds. However, Skidmore (10-7, 4-4) did a nice job defensively on Brady Condlin, who was held scoreless on Tuesday, while Aldin Medunjanin had a game-high 22 points for the Thoroughbreds and missed a triple-double by three assists (10 rebounds, seven assists). Tanner Brooks was also key for Skidmore, finishing 5-for-8 from three for 17 points.
The Thoroughbreds came out of the gate on fire, hitting five three pointers in the opening 5:00 minutes to take a 17-4 lead. Edwards would help St. Lawrence claw back within seven, 22-15, only to see the home team grow its advantage to 15 at intermission (43-28) thanks to a three just before the buzzer by Connor Merrill.
The Saints' surge in the second half started early, with Jones and Edwards hitting threes, while Payton Stahler added a lay-up to pull the visitors within five, 50-45, midway through the second half. The two conference foes went back-and-forth before Jones' three made it a one-possession game with 3:24 to play.
Rookie Kieran Miller's tip-in would pull St. Lawrence within one, 60-59, forcing Skidmore to use a timeout. The Thoroughbreds used it well, as Brooks came out of the timeout with back-to-back threes to stretch the lead to seven.
Kobis would give St. Lawrence a chance, as his three with :11 seconds remaining in regulation pulled the Saints back to within three at 69-66. The visitors immediately caused a turnover and used a 30-second timeout, giving Kobis a final chance to tie the score, but his bid missed, allowing Skidmore to hang on for the three-point win.
Skidmore used a 16-of-31 (52%) mark from behind the arc to pick up the conference victory. St. Lawrence finished with a 38-28 edge in rebounds, including 15 offensive boards.
St. Lawrence returns home for a five-game home stand, which beings on Friday, January 31 against Hobart College at 8:00pm.